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Reading…Beyond the Best Sellers! February 1, 2016

Posted by carol in New Books, Thoughtful Ramblings, Uncategorized.
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When looking for a good book to read, so many of us begin with The New York Times’ Best Seller list—thinking that if everyone in the Nation is reading something, then we should too. But how do books make it on that list? Do you ever wonder? Unfortunately, I don’t know; it’s a trade secret! bestseller

Despite the name, we do know that the “Best Seller” list we see weekly is not entirely based on sales of a book title. The New York Times was sued over this in 1983, but they won the case. The courts ruled that because the list is considered editorial content, and not objective factual content, the Times had the right to exclude books from the list!

Additionally, book titles tend to linger and linger on the list! And, since the list can be manipulated by retailers, wholesalers, authors and publishers, it can sometimes seem like we only ever see the Pattersons, Grishams, Evanoviches making the list. Given these issues, it can be a bit frustrating if you are looking for a new book or a new author to try.

So, how do avid readers learn of new authors? Well, there’s plenty of online resources out there, including several here at Rocky River Public Library! In fact, start here on this very blog you are reading. Read it or Weep is chock-full of book suggestions! After that, click on our Reading Room for more book reviews! Oh, you like personal interaction too? Stop in to the library and check out our staff favorite displays! And don’t forget to ask us what we are reading too! We’ll help you get Beyond those Best Seller lists!          -Carol

Latest Additions December 28, 2015

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Are you over the holidays yet?  Well, the good news is the majority of the holidays that require effort are done for the year.  Now it’s time to sit back and relax, and maybe poor a glass of champagne while you crack open a good book.  Here’s what we have been reading if you’re in need of a suggestion.

love is red
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hours count
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paying guest
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sound of gravel
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Have a safe and happy new year!
Beth

Latest Additions December 21, 2015

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We are deep into the holiday season and for many of us, that means some down time, even if it’s just between wrapping gifts and putting cookies in the oven.  If you find yourself with a bit of down time between all of the festivities, consider diving into some of these books:

 

Curious beginning
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crush
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flight of dreams
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ghost to the rescue
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home and away
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Happy holidays and happy reading!

Beth

Latest Additions December 14, 2015

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Hello!

I hope you’ve been enjoying the change of pace with all of our librarians filling in with the weekly updates while I was on maternity leave.  Now we are back to business as usual.  HA!  There is no longer a ‘usual’ for this working (outside the home) mom.  I suppose chaos will be my new constant.    I hope everyone has been enjoying books on my behalf.  I’ve had the opportunity to revisit many childhood favorites as I try to read my little one to sleep.  If you’re ready to dig into some great new fiction consider one of these:

calf
Calf by Andrea Kleine
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carrying albert home
Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam
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necessary lies
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
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making of zombie wars
The Making of Zombie Wars by Aleksandar Hemon
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Happy Reading!
Beth

 

Latest Additions December 8, 2015

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Hate me all you want, but since this has never happened and likely will never happen again, I would just like to take a small piece of this public forum to announce: My Christmas Shopping Is Already Done. I can’t explain how this has been accomplished (aliens swapped out my brain with that of someone way more proactive about this stuff???), but there are presents–wrapped–under my Christmas tree.  If you’re like me, take some time to relax in these usually  crazy weeks leading up to the holidays and curl up with a book.  Go for it even if you’re not! That’s what typical-me would certainly do.

labob

A Gift from Bob by James Bowen

laknittoff

The Great Christmas Knit-Off by Alexandra Brown

laborden

The Borden Murders: LIzzie Borden and the Trial of the Century by Sarah Miller

laforget

The Great Forgetting by James Renner

lamount

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

-Lauren

Mirror, mirror on the wall, what’s the scariest of them all? October 29, 2015

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Halloween is just around the corner, and I hope you’ve been checking out all our scary movies!  Do you have a favorite one? Are you into the slasher-type, think Friday the 13th, or more of the classics, like Frankenstein and Dracula, or horror thriller/suspense like Mothman Prophecies (CREEPY!) and The Sixth Sense?  Whatever your taste, we still have plenty to choose from, so stop in and get your fix to take home. Or drop in Saturday for the Halloween film fest, Dori has all the details for you in the previous post.

Steve

Happy Sweetest Day October 17, 2015

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Did you know that Sweetest Day was born in Cleveland, Ohio in the early 1920’s when candy company employee Herbert Birch Kingston wanted to do something nice for the city’s orphans and sick and on a Saturday in October gave out candy to them, and the idea took off from there.  The holiday has evolved into more of a romantic one, but for more information about this little holiday originally dedicated to spreading cheer, check out these links:

http://corporate.hallmark.com/Holiday/Sweetest-Day

http://cleveland.about.com/od/events/p/sweetestday.htm

Steve

The Art of the Book October 16, 2015

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octavofest-home3Did you know that in Cleveland we have a special October celebration called Octavofest? It’s a celebration of the book and paper arts and includes city wide displays, classes and events. We are participating this year by holding a class where you can create a simple, mini-biographical book using cardstock, photos, old magazines and your creativity. The class is Monday, October 19th at 6:30 p.m. If you’d like to join us, please register for the “My Bio Book” program online at Rocky River Public Library.

If you’d like to explore book making at home, the library has a number of inspiring books to get you started. Or check out all the other events taking place this month at Octavofest and honor the art of books!

~ Dori

Fall is here! October 2, 2015

Posted by Steve in Thoughtful Ramblings, Uncategorized.
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Fall is here, so get outside and enjoy the crisp weather! If you are looking for an absolutely gorgeous outdoor spot to visit with the family, hop in the car and head 25 minutes south to Mapleside Farms in Brunswick. They have a Pumpkin Village running each weekend, with a corn maze, super potato sack slide and hay rides, as well as special events each weekend with changing themes. We headed out two weeks ago and enjoyed the Medieval Festival, learning about combat techniques and the arts of painting, writing and cloth making. Fully armored swordfighters were doing battle, and calligraphers were showing off their talents by making free bookmarks, our kids have now have personalized ones with their names. There is a fee to get into the village, but you can also just visit the barn or grounds free of charge and buy some apples or cider, or take in the beautiful views. I would highly recommend this for a great family day out. And don’t forget that the library has numerous books on Ohio travel and trips, hiking, etc. What’s your favorite place to visit this time of year?

Steve

But Does It Bring You Joy? July 21, 2015

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo sounded like just what I needed. Here’s how it’s done: You go through your entire house, category by category, and PURGE. You have only two things you must do: determine what brings you joy and find a place for it. To help you decide, take, for instance, every one of your coats, spread them out on the floor and then pick up each one, and touch it, caress, etc. to see if it makes you feel joyful. If it does, find a space for it; if not, give it away. Kondo is adamant that we follow that rule of checking every coat for the joy factor otherwise we might make the wrong choices or not enough of them.

I broke that rule right off because frankly it seemed like way too much work. But I’m bending it to suit me. First, I’m going through my house using my old purging method and deciding at a glance what goes in the yard sale, the donation bag and the garbage bag. When that’s completed and things are more manageable, I’ll use the tidying up method. I look forward to it.

Today, I called Volunteers of America for a pickup and brought in a bag of books to donate to our library.

~Chris

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